PSYCHOTHERAPY

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can be considered an alternative healing therapy that involves learning to increase self awareness in order to realize maximum human potential, thereby helping us to live more authentically with improved relationships, professional and financial successes, balance and grace. Psychotherapy is a general term describing many specific types of therapy such as talk therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-social therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and counseling. Psychotherapy treatments are commonly used for psychological problems on an individual basis, with couples, families and groups. Forms of communication used in psychotherapy healing can include writing, artwork, music and dramatic theater. A psychotherapy practitioner may be a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, counselor, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or psychiatrist.   What we refer to as psychotherapy medicine has been practiced as far back as ancient Greece.  It is thought that the first recorded use of psychotherapy was performed by Dr. Josef Breuer.  Dr. Breuer would go on to be a close friend, teacher and collaborator with Sigmund Freud.  Dr. Breuer observed a woman who suffered from paralysis felt better after she ‘talked’ to him about her symptoms.  It is thought Sigmund Freud employed this ‘talking cure’ form of treatment and later created what we refer to as ‘psychoanalysis’ in Vienna, Austria in 1881.  A trained neurologist, he began working with patients who were classified as hysterical.  He continued practicing psychoanalysis into the 1930’s.   His psychotherapy treatment work was later built on by Karl Jung, Anna Freud and Otto Frank among others.  In the 1940’s, pioneer Carl Rogers brought forth a humanistic approach which rose to prominence by the 1950’s.  Psychoanalysis, humanism and Ivan Pavlov’s work in behaviorism laid the cornerstones for teaching psychology in the United States today.   Psychotherapy is an alternative healing therapy that is a constantly growing. Today there are over 450,000 licensed psychotherapists in the United States.  General research shows that the average length of psychotherapy treatment is between 6 and 10 sessions.  It has been reported that Americans spend about $55 billion on psychotherapy annually.     All Things Healing promotes psychotherapy, an alternative healing therapy, with psychotherapy information presented in articles and video form.  For more and updated information, visit us online regularly!  

Introduction to Psychotherapy
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(Asst. Editor: Deborah Duenckel Allen, LCSW, DCSW) Nancy’s enduring interest and practice in psychotherapeutic healing arts stems from her own, very human life experiences of wou...
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Nancy Burnett, PhD
Tiffany has a doctorate in neurolinguistics. She is a certified dream analyst, and a certified hypnotherapist and registered member recognized by American Board of Hypnotherapy and P...
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Tiffany Ip, PhD

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by Debra Manchester

Believe it or not, the holidays rank right up there on the stress scales with “asking the boss for a raise!” Whether celebrating at home or on the road, most of us need to learn how to be together more gracefully. Here are some practical ideas to help bring out the best in everyone...

 

 

 

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by Tiffany Ip, PhD
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

Heartbreak – a common experience in life – happens over and over again for some people and perhaps once in a lifetime for others. We find ourselves in the throes of heartbreak when we lose someone dear (actual loss), or when we feel that someone or something important to us is about to be gone (a sense of loss)...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: Ask yourself - "If you could take a pill that assured that you could fall in love, fall out of love, or stay in love on command, would you take it?" We know too well that love often hurts. We learn to build walls around our hearts to keep out pain and protect ourselves. A pill that can avoid all possible relationship heartaches and whisk away painful wounds sounds like a dream come true. This article, however, tells us why we should embrace the experience of heartbreak even when we get hit hard with the painful realities of life.

 

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Editor's Note: Cheryl Arutt summarizes the importance of helping children develop an ability for self-regulation of emotions. She shows a 1969 clip of Mr. Rogers testifying where he says "If we could make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, then we would have done a great service for mental health...."

 

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by Susan Pollak

If I close my eyes, I can almost go back to my grandmother’s kitchen. The fragrance of pot roast permeates the air, redolent with caramelized onions, potatoes and carrots. I can see the golden lemon sponge cake, made with nearly a dozen eggs, just emerging from its worn silver bundt pan. And I can smell the cups of steaming black tea with sugar. This was grandma Tilly’s healing elixir that could soothe any pain, still the rivers of my childhood tears and my adolescent rage...

 

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by Gerald Schoenewolf, PhD

A study by the Pew Research Center and the University of Michigan found that nearly one out of three kids between 12 and 17 years old sent 100 or more texts a day. Seventy-five percent of the teens in the study owned cell phones and that figure is rising fast...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: This is the age of distraction. We are proud of being able to multitask - we can be texting, cruising on the Internet, listening to music and trying to work all at the same time. We seem to get increasingly tethered to our digital devices. Have you ever questioned, though, why you cannot leave your smartphone alone for an hour and sometimes cannot resist the urge of carrying on a text-message conversation with someone NOT present when you should be having a conversation with someone present? Read this brilliant article by Gerald and you will realize this may have something to do with our unconscious and the brain!

 

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by Doris Jeanette

“Does the color of the clothes I wear effect other people,”asked Peter, a visitor to drjeanette.com. This interesting question brings up the physical nature of colors, emotions, and energy. Colors and emotions are both composed of physical vibrations. The energy of these vibrations constantly effect and affect you even if you don't know it or acknowledge it. Colors have certain wavelengths, which you can feel and experience. Emotions have certain wavelengths, which you can also feel and directly experience.

 

Editors Note: Dr. Jeanette’s article made me curious about the physics of color and physiology of emotions. I’m including a segment below that I found on wikipedia.com which describes this in more detail. See below the article to read "The Conceptualization of Affect".

 

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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: How can we re-tune our ears for conscious listening? In this short video, sound expert Julian Treasure offers 5 exercises that we can use to improve our capacity for listening in a full and engaged way. He also explains why this is so important for our relationships and our world. "Every human being needs to listen consciously to live fully."
 

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Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski,  An interesting 11 minutes about the "longevity revolution" and defining a new metaphor for aging.

 

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by Shannon Cutts

Recently I finally got to watch “The Dallas Buyers Club,” starring two of my fav actors – Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.

First of all (and just for the record), Matthew McConaughey will always be hot...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: First off I totally agree with Shannon's remarks about Matthew McConaughey - he is hot and indeed an incredible actor! I also appreciate a lot her reflections on her painful past. Take a moment and look back over your life experiences. You may discover some of the bitter moments have now become your best learning moments.

 

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by Aaron Kipnis, PhD

Paralleling the paucity of male-specific, male-sensitive wellness programs, men's health is steadily failing to match women's progress. In 1920, the mortality gap between men and women was one year. Today it is almost seven years...


 

 

 

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by Helen Nieves, LMHC, ADC-C

I found another poem written by an unknown author. This poem is called Letting Go Takes Love. This poem is about letting go of things that we find difficult to let go of. Often, many clients ask me “how do I let go of things?”  It is difficult to do so, but accepting what you can and cannot change helps to acknowledge the truth of a situation making it easier to let go of things...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: Letting go can be the hardest thing to do. Our emotions, more often than not, cloud our logic. But we do have to realize that letting go does not mean giving up. It sounds like we are admitting defeat when we decide to detach ourselves from long-held goals or some relationships we have been desperately held on to. It is, however, a matter of acknowledging the truth. If you find yourself being stuck in a position that makes you depressed and forbids all other opportunities in life, it is time to learn the art of letting go.

 

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by Deborah Smilovitz Foster, PhD

Intuition is a way of comprehending perceptions in terms of past experiences, present possibilities, future goals, and unconscious processes. Intuitive children integrate new information, often including unconscious material, quickly and automatically...

 

Editor´s Note: Children have a natural ability to use the relationship in psychotherapy to access wounds and heal trauma.This article explores the nature of the dynamic between therapist and child that is guided by intuition.

 

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When You Hear Your Partner, Are You Listening?

by David McCann, Ph.D. & Janis McCann, Ph.D.

The art of listening is the heart of communication. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time.

 

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